Oyster Stout | Marston, Thompson & Evershed, Plc.

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Oyster StoutOyster Stout

Brewed by:
Marston, Thompson & Evershed, Plc.
England, United Kingdom

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-17-2001

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Photo of TheRealBigC
2.98/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Looks like a stout, feels like a stout. Nose is very vague and boring. I guess some English hops and the mildest cocoa in the world. Taste follows suit, very boring and vague. I'm not really sure how this can be called a milk/sweet stout. Seems more like a standard English Stout. There's nothing particularly sweet about it. I'm doubly annoyed because the bar I was at swapped out Young's Double Chocolate Stout for this Double Boring Stout. Never tried eating oysters with a stout before. Maybe there's some magic with this beer in such a case, but I would never try this again alone.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.35/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark rustic brick red highlights against a cola base shows up a standard issue black opaque in the vessel. A slight mocha head is frothy at a finger high stays only shortly before lapsing to a low profile covering.

S: Dark dry chocolate, black cherry fruitiness, semi-dry apples with a soft dark roast. Level of aroma is rather light, not much oyster presence if any is detected.

T: The flavor overall is smooth silty roast, with some fruity apple hints and grapes. Clean with a finish of caramelized sweetness.While i thought it was short on oyster flavor, it was creamy and smooth with a gentle flavor that was easy on the tongue.

M: Light smooth creamy body, fruity with a soft carbonation backing.

O: Overall a very smooth, lightly roasted easy drinking english session stout. Drinkability is smooth, think schwarz like roast combined with a double bock fruitiness. Dont expect a sweet stout, doesnt really fit into a defined style, a fruity drinking lightly roasted english styled beer. Only wished it had a bit more oyster presence if they are gonna market it that way.

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Photo of PolarBear3
2.02/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - Poured a dark brown almost black in colour with a two fingered biege head that dissipates in time.

S - Not much on the nose at all really. Very faint sweet malts, candy sugar with slight chocolate

T - Roasted malt . coffee and a little chocolate but fairly dry and bitter not too mention very watery leaving a horrible after taste.

M - Medium carbonation and seems rather watery for a stout.

O - Pretty average I thought. Fairly watery and very disappointing for a stout. Lacks flavour depth and one I would not recommend.

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Photo of crossovert
3.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

500ml bottle.

It pours a blackish brown with a creamy mocha head.

The smell has some oddity to it. A decent amount of english hops, and some yeasty scents. Also cocoa.

The flavor is nice. It is a dry stout with some metallic notes and some citrus.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass

A - It pours dark as night. It is topped with an inch of tan head.

S - I get sweet, dark fruits at first. I also get some dark chocolate.

T - I get mostly dark fruit. I do get some faint chocolate on the back end.

M - Medium

O - It is a very drinkable beer. There is nothing offensive about this beer, although nothing spectacular either. I could session this one.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.36/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500 mL bottle (no date) poured into a Tulip stout glass.

Appearance: Mostly black with hints of cola brown at the edges when held up to the light. Thin tan head across the top with sheets, strands and islands of persistent lacing noted. Nice looking stout.

Smell: Not a lot going on in the aroma dept. A hint of something mild - vaguely fruity, vaguely English bitter hop.

Taste: Bitter roasted malt up front, moving into mild chocolate notes and then some black coffee. Bitter finish as well. I don't think this is a Milk/Sweet stout - not nearly sweet enough. I think it's better classified as an English stout. Simple flavor profile on the bitter and roasted side of things.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, cleanses the palate. Beer underneath is a bit watery though for a stout.

Overall / Drinkability: Quite drinkable - I could have another easily and I suspect it would be better from a cask. Did not have it with seafood, but I suspect it would be good with seafood. Overall, a so-so stout, but interesting in that the bitterness comes through more rather than it being sweet. I think the beer is mislabeled here as a milk/sweet stout and really should be reclassified as an English stout given the dominance of the roasted bitter flavor.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.08/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Oh shit... dude you bought a milk stout.. god DANG IT, I thought it would have briney oyster goodness in it.. oh well, let's throw this in a nonic and see what happens, at least I can evaluate it fairly.

A very soft and foamy light milk chocolate looking head, but falls very quickly on the pour, only to settle on top of a classic dark walnut brown/black body with some see through character up against the light. Head seems to settle though at an impressive puck that holds for a bit nicely. Look alright, rather inviting somewhat.

Nose hits with a slightly soft light toast dark malted grain. It's rather faint, but nice. Otherwise, I am not sure where this is going, let's taste!

Extremely wet bodied even for a milk stout missing even a lactose sweetness that I expect but no worries. Wetness takes an edge to the after finish giving that classic porter like char and roast but with little body comes off as faint ash. Feels even a little bit tightly carbonated on the swallow coming off as off putting just a bit.

Overall I wouldn't even have this with oysters cause this beer while not horrible is just boring if I could use that phrase.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottles poured into pint glass 1/4/12

A dark cola with a nice tight thumbs width of mocha foam that sits there for some time but only leaves a partial ring of lace

S milk chocolate with a little cold coffee and nutty roast, fairly simple but decent

T a little char and smoke to go with what I smell, mellow stuff not very intense

M a little thin for the color almost gives it a silky feel but it leans more towards watery, faint aftertaste of chocolate

O not very exciting but a decent brew at the end of the day, I just thought the best part was the look and even then I wasn't that impressed

not very sweet for a sweet stout, I doubt I'll bother with this one again when there's so many rich stouts for a similar price

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Photo of CwrwAmByth
3.91/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a black colour with an off white creamy and foamy head, lovely lacing.

Smells faintly malty and sweet, not strong though.

Tastes dark and malty with a sweet tang from the middle to the finish. Quite rich and buttery almost too.

Overall a lovely stout.

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Photo of JerseyKirk
3.26/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Ruby red on edges, pitch black in the middle. Creamy khaki 1 1/2 finger head. Carbonation bubbles near the bottom of glass. Laces supremely well. Thick coating of head around glass. Medium to tight bubbles in head.

S: Some fruit, some bready yeast, subtle chocolate, almost oceanic but that could be in my head since this is brewed with oyster shells.

T: Sweet, dark fruit, chocolate, quick bitterness, slight twang, not astringent but slightly bitey, creamy and touch of coffee bittering.

M: Nice and thick.

O: It's good. Not great. It's interesting, surprising and unassuming. I like the unique vibe I get that may be from the oysters but I can't be sure as this is only my second oyster stout and this doesn't taste like the other one I had. Would not seek out however as Yard's Love Stout was a better beer.

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Photo of Parrotshake
3.26/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Who are these people rating this beer poorly because there's "not enough oyster"? Really quite a nice sweet stout. Pours dark brown with a big creamy head. Nice roasty chocolate nose with hints of fruitcake, a bit weak. Subdued taste of bittersweet chocolate and dark fruit, slight mineral taste in the finish. Unfortunately quite watery. Very watery, even. It's a shame.

Not too sweet, very sessionable and soothing. A bit bigger in terms of flavor and feel and this would be wonderful. A very likeable beer nonetheless.

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Photo of fullsweep
2.78/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

500 mL bottle poured into a pint glass tumbler.

I normally thoroughly enjoy stouts. While this isn't terrible, it's pales in comparison to some of the best in the field.

A: black with beige/latte-coloured thin head; lacks a real creamy head often associated with stouts

S: roasted malts, slightly burnt, nothing outstanding or appealing here

T & M: I was thoroughly disappointed in both taste and mouthfeel. Way too carbonated for a stout; neither sweet enough or rich enough for a stout--particular a milk stout; rather thin in both taste and mouthfull; slightly burnt taste, not caramelized or interesting

O: overall this was below my expectations

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.38/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle, $3.99. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours very dark brown with about a half inch tan head that went away quickly. There's a small amount of lacing. The aroma is nice, but weak. The brew smells like roasted malt, chocolate, caramel and a bit of a briny/mineral smell. It tastes like roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, coffee and a bit of salt/minerals. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's certainly one of the thinner stouts I've had lately. It's also a bit slick with moderate carbonation, and is easy enough to drink. It's decent overall, it was nice to try.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.94/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Feb 2012. I don't think this one actually contains oysters - it's just intended to be consumed alongside them.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A very dark ruby-brown; appears black. Forms a large head of creamy light-brown foam that lasts for several minutes before subsiding. Aroma of sweet caramel malt with weak notes of brown sugar and stewed hops. A distinctive metallic note upfront, and a considerable whiff of diacetyl.

Tastes of sweet, dark malt with a mild bitter finish. Notes of caramel, brown sugar and stewed hops, along with faint hints of roasted malt and brine. A buttery diacetyl note in the background. Quite dry. Mouthfeel is smooth, slick and tingly. Slightly astringent. Aftertaste of sweet malt.

Meh. Drinkable enough, but doesn't excite the senses. All the components of a stout are present, but not standing to attention. I'll damn it with faint praise by noting that it's better than the other Marston's ales I've had to date. Don't go out of your way to try this.

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Photo of dansmcd
3.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Absolute black stout, some light getting through around the edges, a finger and a half of frothy tan head with good retention and decent sheet lacing.

S - Some mild roasted malt, sea water. Quite subtle here.

T - Salty ocean water, bitter dark chocolate and cream. Quite a nice combination. There's a suggestion of dried banana chips hanging back too.

M - Creamy medium body, moderate carbonation, salty in the mouth.

O - I can see this going very well on a windy day at the coast. Very sessionable and well balanced, just dont expect it to knock your socks off.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.22/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours black with a large, dark tan head.
Nose shows soft roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, toffee and raisins, along with a grainy note.
Flavours are disappointing after that. There's roasted malt, toffee and diacetyl quite noticeable. It's too sweet though, almost cloying.
Needs more carbonation, body seems watery and flat.

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Photo of bashiba
2.78/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured a clear dark brown, with a light lingering tan head.

The smell is light and minerally.

The flavor is a bit hollow, a bit of roasted barley and a touch of smokeyness, but not much else, has a bit of sweet english grain coming through a bit as it warms.

Thin and watery.

A bit of a letdown, not very stouty.

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Photo of vancurly
3.09/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BB 24 May 12. Thanks to Adam at Platinum.

a) Dense black/brown, with ruby highlights come through the base of the glass. Heavy tan head, with finely bubbled lacing.

s) Brine, caramel, perhaps lending itself to stonefruit or pawpaw. Not its strength.

t) Well balanced flavour, quite dry for a sweet stout. Probably well suited to oysters as claimed. Bitter chocolate note that provides some length to the palate.

m) Light and refreshing for a stout. Touch astringent from roasted barley.

d) Fairly easy to drink, nothing particularly outstanding here. Good winter session ale.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.18/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: 3/4" light brown head that dissipated quickly over extremely dark brown/nearly black liquid.

S: Milky smell with toasted malt and caramel.

T: Milky caramel and coffee taste up front which transitions to a salty, toasted malt finish.

M: Very smooth with thick viscosity and a medium to low level of carbonation.

O: I found this milk/sweet stout to be highly drinkable with an enjoyable silky smooth mouthfeel.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - near pitch black with a little light penetration at the bottom of the glass, thumb of mocha head left consistent lacing as it receded
S - very mild aromas of cocoa, roastiness, and sweet cola
T - rich roasty malt, sweet cola syrup, mild coffee, and a smoky finish
M - thick and smooth with a surprisingly robust carbonation kick, light burnt bitter finish
O - a very easy drinker, flavours are dark, rich, and smooth as the label suggests, well worth a try

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.31/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Ruby black with some lumpy cappuccino-coloured foam with speckled trailers. Faint tin foil graininess on the nose.
Sultanas and lactic sourness up front with slight salty caramel and hints of tea leaf to end.
Thin, fizzy, some cling, round-ish.

Wasn't expecting much from Marston's, and got it. Nothing oyster about it. Reminds me why I seek out craft beer.

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Photo of anakar
2.9/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

It's just OK, picked it up because the name "Oyster Stout" caught my eye, nothing sea-ish about it... just a not-so-good stout

App: Pours a very black liquid, with a bit of bubbles in it and a white-brown head

Smell: Nothing to talk about, the smell of a stout, kinda Guinness, kinda Murphy's kinda nothing special

Taste: See smell, sorry

Mouth: now here's the catch... it ain't smooth like any good and proper stout, it's much more like a coke of a beer, carby, tasty but fairly carby

Not very recomended although it's quite cheap

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of rarbring
3.31/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The brew is dark brown - nearly black, hints of deep red, a tan head leaving some lacing and curtains.

The smell is containing dried ripe fruits, butter, cheese, sour cream and pop corn in a peculiar mix.

Some initial coarse caramel and chocolate sweetness, bitter coffee bean tones.

Medium low carbonation, a medium body, rather watery, a nice dry finish tough.

This stout is hard to come to terms with, ends up booth good and not so good, average is not correct but closest.

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Photo of ehammond1
2.36/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Brown in color and looks thin right off the bat. Very thin tan head. Little lacing. Unspectacular.

Some roasted elements, but not particularly pleasant or inviting.

Some roasted malt character and a hint of sweet fruits, but nothing comes together very well--seems a bit buttery. Not particularly enjoyable.

Extremely thin--a water-like mouthfeel.

Unenjoyable stout. Nothing really to recommend. Unspectacular on every level.

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Photo of Brouwerij78
5/5  rDev +47.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Absolutely loved this stout. Was the best beer on my recent "Pub Crawl" of the English Heartland. A smooth, slightly sweet, deep-dark and velvety brew. Served in a thin, imperial pint glass from a traditional English Cask. The name of the bar escapes me but it was in Bath England.

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Oyster Stout from Marston, Thompson & Evershed, Plc.
3.39 out of 5 based on 215 ratings.
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